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Prof. Allen - Fall 2021

Selecting Keywords

Selecting Keywords

Keywords are also considered search terms -- words that you enter into the database search engine. They are the key concepts of your research topic, and words that best describe your topic.

The best way to expand your search terms is by brainstorming synonyms -- different terms that have the same meaning of a word.

For example, according to the University Library,

Some topics have many different terms that can be used to describe them. For example, here are some additional keywords that could be used for test performance:

- Tests

- Exams    

- Test-Taking Skill

- Test Anxiety     

- Academic Achievement    

-Test Preparation

Sometimes when you are researching a specific topic, it can also be helpful to search for the opposite of your topic. For example, if you are interested in student retention, you'll also want to look at student dropouts. Here are some possible synonyms and antonyms for student retention:

- Student Persistence    

- Graduation    

- Dropouts

- School Holding Power     

- Student Attrition    

- Dropout Prevention

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